Is there a compulsory school uniform, and where do I purchase it?

All students are expected to wear school uniforms, which can be purchased directly from the company or school by contacting the office.

Please see the School Uniform page for further information.

Do I need to contact the school if my child will be absent?

Yes, at Jackson, we are keen to ensure that all students attend school regularly. If your child is absent, call the school absence hotline at 9366 4322, report the absence in Xuno or send a message to your child’s classroom teacher.

Does my child require a laptop or iPad?

No, Jackson School offers students access to individual iPads or laptops during school times.

Is there a school canteen?

No, In 2024, we will investigate the feasibility of setting up and running a school canteen.

What are the school hours my child will be attending?

The school day begins at 9:00 am. Morning recess is from 11:00 am to 11:40 am. Lunch is from 1:20 pm to 2:00 pm, and dismissal is at 2:50 pm.

Is there an after-school (OSHC) care program run by the school?

Yes, under a minister initiative, Jackson School families can access a free outside-hours care program run by TheirCare.

Please contact the office for future details.

When are parent-teacher interviews held?

Parents have the opportunity to meet or speak with their child’s teacher via telephone call or videoconference four times a year. Of course, you may always contact the teacher by messaging them on SeeSaw or telephoning the school. We are always happy to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress. Parents and carers can keep up to date with their child’s learning via an application called Seesaw. Teachers regularly upload information and photos/videos of student learning for parents/carers to view.

What allied health support is offered at Jackson?

Fully qualified speech therapists, occupational therapists and a school social worker work with our students to improve and support their learning success.

Is my child eligible to attend Jackson School?

For students to be enrolled at Jackson School, your child must be between 5 and 18 years old and have a diagnosed mild intellectual disability (50-70 FSIQ).

Please see the Enrolments page for further information.

Do I need to live in the school zone to attend Jackson School?

No, you do not need to live in the school zone to attend Jackson School; however, you can only access the free DE bus transport to and from school if you live inside our Designated Transport Area (DTA).

Many families choose to send their children to Jackson School from outside our DTA and either drive them or train them to travel on public transport.

What will my child be taught?

The students are taught the mainstream Victorian Curriculum and VPC (Year 11-12) curriculum; however, each student’s educational pathway is specifically tailored through the use of Individual Learning Plans to meet their targeted learning needs.

What happens when my child leaves school?

When students leave Jackson School, all students pursue either further education (Day Programs or TAFE) or employment (supported or independent).

From as early as Year 9, our Careers and Transitions Coordinator coordinates our students’ career education and works with families to determine each student’s future pathway.

Please see the Careers and Transitions page for further information.